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The public is invited to go behind the scenes of local landfill, recycling and compost operations
Aaron Byrne, Summit County Resource Allocation Park
WHAT: Summit County will provide a public tour of the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP), home to the community’s landfill, recycling and composting operations. Attendees will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes to learn about SCRAP operations, facilities, finances, history and environmental controls.
The SCRAP is facing crippling revenue shortfalls, following a decision by a local refuse-hauling company to take local trash outside the community for disposal on the Front Range. Landfill tipping fees serve as the primary funding source for most SCRAP functions, including recycling and environmentally compliant landfill operations. Consequently, Summit County is faced with the task of identifying deep cuts to such services. However, the Board of County Commissioners, local town councils and local trash haulers are in the midst of intensive discussions about policy solutions that would require local trash to be disposed of locally, thereby securing funding for programs that are currently at risk of being cut.
The SCRAP tour will give members of the public the opportunity to become better acquainted with SCRAP operations and finances, as background and context for community discussions about funding and policy solutions.
WHEN & WHERE: Those interested in participating in the tour are invited to meet at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, at the SCRAP, 639 Landfill Rd., Dillon, just east of the intersection of Highway 6 and Swan Mountain Road. The tour will conclude at approximately 4 p.m. Portions of the tour will take place outdoors, so all participants must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, long pants and warm clothing.
RSVP: All interested participants must RSVP by 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, to SCRAP Director Aaron Byrne at Aaron.Byrne@SummitCountyCO.gov or 970-468-9263, ext. 12.